E3 2009: Nintendo Conference


I am rather disappointed at Nintendo’s announcements this year. Its major hardcore games are just sequels,  Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Metroid Prime Other M. It’s hard to get excited about these franchises even if they are as brilliant as Super Mario Galaxy was.

Adding another peripheral to the Wii in the form of the vitality sensor, a heart rate monitor for the finger, leaves me indifferent. I would not even consider the demonstration of the Wii Motion Plus as part of E3 2009 as the peripheral led Nintendo’s last year’s event. In fact it’s already available to purchase in Japan. Wii Fit Plus? Please, i have Wii Fit and i only used it once.

Getting to the top is hard Nintendo. Staying at the top is harder. Just ask Sony.

About the Author


Costas Taliadoros is an accountant by profession but a gamer at heart. He was born in Nicosia in 1977 and was raised by Donkey Kong. At a very young age he started piloting F-15 Strike Eagles over the Iraqi and Libyan deserts and has also seen action in an M1 Ambraams tank somewhere in Eastern Europe fighting against the Soviets. As the years went by, he was integrated into Civilization until he finally conquered the world and sent the first human mission to Alpha Centauri. He graduated from the International Superstar Soccer academy and moved back to Cyprus to start his career. In this dark period of his life he fought and swore against 3 more Master Chiefs on a 4-way split-screen all day and night. It was around this period that he also started traveling to Live in many places around the world but mostly the USA. There, he met a lot of young American teenagers who were willing to discuss topics like his mother and the colour of his skin in great detail. It only strengthened his belief that he still has a lot to learn in this life.

Nowadays Costas can be found on a couch playing games with friends and foes, with beer in close proximity. He is just a non-professional “writer” who loves games, books, comics, football, and running. He is also writing in the video-game site he co-founded, www.forevergamers.com, and on his personal blog, www.lostingames.net.

  • peter

    im realy looking forward to those hard hitters and proven great games but i agree with you that there was nothing original or new to be exploited by the big N.

    metroid however was suprising being 3rd person game developed by team ninja. its also overlooked by nintendo so im sure it will be a blast

    • I was also surprised with Metroid going back to third person. I only started playing MP from the Gamecube and onwards so it’s always been FPS/Platform experience for me.

      It’s also one of the few major Nintendo franchises that has been outsourced. I can’t imagine them doing the same for Mario or Zelda.

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